It is an unfortunate fact of life in California, if you are convicted of a DUI as a second or third offense you a looking at the real prospect of a stint in the county jail. With this in mind, it may be wise to consider the various "pay to stay" programs offered in Los Angeles and Orange County. These programs offer a defendant the opportunity to avoid going to county jail. Why is this such a big fear? Maany believe that the county jails are much more dangerous that the alternatives, particularly in metropolitan L.A. where gang violence is rampant and racial tensions are high.
Before starting the process there are many considerations. First, can you afford the paid city jail options? The cost of most facilities is at least $100 a day with some charging as much as 200 or more. Second, you must submit to a TB test and have good general physical health. Once you have been approved and paid the requisite fees you can start your time. You will likely be given your own cell away from the general population. You will be doing light work, such as washing police cars or cleaning the building, and have much more freedom of movement than the other incarcerated persons. Most jailers will give you additional privileges such as unlimited use of a phone, computer, internet and television.
It would be great if everyone could afford private jail but they can't. In the coming editions we will provide a list of the cities that offer this jail alternative. In addition to DUI cases, the programs allow the private option where the case is non-violent and you have no extensive criminal record.